Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Aurora's own Billy Elliot reviews 'Billy Elliot: The Musical'

Kenny Allen, center, poses with Kylend Hetherington, left, and Lex Ishimoto, right, on May 13 at the Buell Theatre in Denver. Hetherington and Ishimoto are two of the four actors who play the titular role in the touring production of "Billy Elliot: the Musical" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts until June 5. (Photo by Adam Goldstein / The Aurora Sentinel).

Earlier this month, we ran a feature about Kenny Allen, the 10-year-old Aurora student from Rolling Hills Elementary School whose passion for dance mirrors the lead character from "Billy Elliot." Allen spends several hours a day in one of the two Miller's Dance Studio locations in any given week, honing his skills in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and other dance forms.
Last week, Kenny joined his mother, father and sister to take in a performance of the London musical that's currently running at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Before the show, the family got the chance to meet two of the four actors playing the titular role in the show and watch them rehearse.
We asked Kenny to give us his feedback about the show and its underlying message. Find his enthusiastic and straightforward review after the jump.

My Billy Elliot Review
By Kenny Allen
 My review of "Billy Elliot" was that it was breathtaking. I fell in love with the musical because there were extremely funny scenes, great acting and outstanding dancing. I would recommend this for children who want to be inspired to dance.
My first favorite scene was when Billy and Michael (Billy’s best friend) were dressing up in Michael’s sister’s and mother’s clothes saying “What the heck’s wrong with dressing up?” and giant dresses came out and everyone in the scene started a humongous kick line.
 And that’s my report about the musical "Billy Elliot."
The Allens of Aurora pose at the Buell Theatre in Denver before a performance of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" on May 11. (Photo by Adam Goldstein / The Aurora Sentinel).

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